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1.0 About the programme---The Programme is M.Ed. Guidance and \counselling

1.1Name of the Programme: Master of Education in Guidance and Counselling

                                                                     

1.2 Code of the programme----4404----------------------------------------------------------------------

1.3 Description of the programme: This is a Master of Education degree programme in Guidance and Counselling which aims at preparing students for higher degree in guidance and counselling by equipping them with the skills for counselling , interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution through training in areas such as developmental psychology, principles and techniques of guidance and counselling psychology, personality and adjustment, group work and practicum in counselling, information services in guidance and counselling and the application of these in the actual practice of the art.

 

2 PHILOSOPHY

                       

To enhance access to higher academic degree to all who seek knowledge in the field of Guidance and Counselling irrespective of location, number, age and time using the distance learning mode.

 

VISION:  Guidance and Counselling is designed for students interested in academic programme in counseling in schools or the community, including private practice, group practice and institutional and organizational settings. Our goal is to produce professionals who will be able to combine the strategies of research methodology with analyses, definition, assessment, treatment and evaluation of professional counsellors to manage the various socially maladaptive behaviours plaguing our nation

 

MISSION

 

To provide functional, cost effective, flexible learning which adds life-long value to quality Education for all who seek knowledge in the field of Guidance and Counselling.

The programme has a primary objective of producing counsellors who are competent professionals, trained to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

 

 

3. Aims and Objectives:

 

  Aims

The Master of Education degree programme in Guidance and Counselling aims at preparing students for a master’s degree in guidance and counselling by equipping them with the skills for counselling , interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution through training in areas such as developmental psychology, principles and techniques of guidance and counselling psychology, personality and adjustment, group work and practicum in counselling, information services in guidance and counselling and the application of these in the actual practice of the art. The M.Ed. degree in Guidance and Counselling is designed to

  1.   prepare those who plan a career in Guidance and Counselling areas of education but could not run the programme as a full-time programme in the traditional university regular semester periods and
  2.   provide training opportunities for ministries of education and other educational personnel or Non-Governmental organisation personnel interested in further and specialised training in the areas of guidance and counselling.

 

 

 

   Objectives

The Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counselling has been developed to provide students with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills needed for the professional practice of the trade. On completion of the programme, students are expected to be able to:

 

  • Acquire knowledge and skills relevant to professional Guidance and Counselling;
  • practice the trade as  professionals;
  • assist in solving various academic, social, psychological and vocational problems of Nigerians at various levels of education;

evaluate guidance and counselling services objectively and appropriately in order to solve various problems confronting man

           

4.         Entry Requirements: To be admitted into the Master of Education Degree in 

            Guidance and Counselling programme, a candidate is expected to:

 

  1. Produce evidence of successful completion of the first degree in any education programme from a recognized University with a minimum of Second Class Honours (Lower Division).
  2. Produce an evidence of completion of Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or Postgraduate Diploma in Distance Education (PGDDE) from a recognized institution if his/her first degree is outside education.  

 

Admission and Registration Procedures.

Like in every other programme of the University, admission and registration procedures would be done on-line. Students will purchase their admission forms from designated banks, fill and submit on-line. Successful candidates on admission will be issued with admission letters and expected to complete their registration procedure on-line in line with the ODL concept.

 

 Duration: In order to complete the requirements for the degree of M.Ed,              candidates shall enroll in course work for four semesters. The required field    experience and project work shall be completed during the period of the four        semesters        

 

 

5.           Programme Structure and Regulations

 

 

5.1.1 Programme Structure:   The Master’s degree Programme in Guidance and Counselling  is structured in 4 semesters as shown below. The minimum duration for the completion of the programme is 4 semesters and the maximum is 8 semesters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Outline Of Course Structure

 

 

 

 

Summary of Distribution of Course Credits

 

 

 

LEVEL

 

 

 

 

GST and other General Courses

 

 

 

EDUCATION

SUBJECT/SPECIALISATION

TOTAL

 

Compulsory

 

 

Elective

 

 

Compulsory

 

 

 

Elective

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Semester

 

 

4

 

 

6

 

-

 

8

 

 

 

 

18

 

Second Semester

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

7

 

2

 

 

9

Third Semester

 

-

 

-

 

 

-

4

 

4

 

8

 

Fourth Semester

 

-

 

-

 

-

9

 

9

9

 

 

4

6

-

28

15

53

 

 

 

 

7. Summary of Distribution of Course Credit at all Levels

 

1ST Semester

Course Code

Title

Unit(s)

Status       

CIT 101

Computers in Society

2

E

EGC 801

Principles of Guidance and Counselling

2

C

EGC 803

Developmental Psychology   

2

C

EGC 805

Vocational Guidance

2

C

GST  807

The Good Study Guide

2

C

EGC 809

Psychological Testing

2

C

EDU 821

Educational Statistics

3

C

EDU 823

Educational Research Methods

3

C

 

Total Credit Units

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Semester

Course Code

Tit\

le

Unit(s)                  

Status

EGC 802

Counselling Theories 

2

C

EGC 804

Techniques of Counselling

2

C

EGC 806

 Organisation and Administration of Guidance Services

2         

C

EGC 810

Graduate Seminar

1

C

EGC 812

Behaviour Modification

2

E

 

Total Credit Units                    

9

 

 

 

3rd Semester

Course Code

Title

Unit(s)

Status       

EGC 811

Principles of Interpersonal Relationships

2

C

EGC 813

Group Dynamics

2

C

EGC 815

Sex and Family Counselling

2

E

EGC 817

Abnormal Psychology

2

E

 

Total Credit Units

8

 

 

 

4th Semester

Course Code

Title

Units

Status

EGC 814

Practicum and Directed Field Exposure

3

C

EGC 816

Research Project

6

C

 

Total Credit Units

9

 

 

 

    1. Regulations:  To be awarded the degree of M.Ed in Guidance and Counselling, the student must pass a minimum of 30 credit units including all compulsory courses.

 

 

8. Course content specifications/syllabus of all courses in the Programme: Below are the content specifications of the courses for this programme:

 

CIT 101: Computers in Society                    (2E)

Overview of the discipline of Computer Science, general structure of a computer system. Historical development of computer systems: Generation of     computer system; Computer operations; Internal structure of a computer hardware; Micro-computer technology; Computer numbering system; computer arithmetic; computer data representation schemes; problem solving with computers; Elements of programming languages. Computers in the society,       internet and its facilities. Basic file processing concepts. Introduction to basic computer programming using VISUAL BASIC programming language; Algorithms, Data structures and logic; Laboratory exercises in VISUAL BASIC programming and the internet.

 

EGC 801: Principles of Guidance and Counselling                             (2C)

An overview of the meaning of guidance and counselling. Historical development of guidance and counselling, guidance rinciples and services, differences between guidance and counselling, types of counselling, processes of counselling, counsellor training, characteristics of counsellors, paradigm shift in counselling, certification, and professionalism, cross-cultural counselling, counselling for target groups, and ethical issues in counselling.

 

EGC 802: Counselling Theories                                 (2C)

 A survey of major theories of counselling paying particular attention to     concept of personality development, goals, techniques and  process of counselling and application in Nigeria setting. This is to enable students to imbibe the theoretical basis of guidance services in schools. The relationship between the nature and concerns of the adolescent, and the purpose of the guidance enterprise. The historical antecedents of the enterprise and its development into specialize field, with the contribution of the main architects such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Rogers, Albert Ellis, etc.

 

EGC 803: Developmental Psychology                                      (2C)

A study of early and later adolescence, the development tasks of this age level, the social problems of this age groups. A study of personality and    human adjustment. The student is required to have a 1-1 experience with an adolescent and give written report of the experience.

 

EGC 804: Techniques of Counselling           (2C)

  An indept study of counseling techniques derived from various theories of    counselling. Attending and responding skills. Stages of a typical counseling  situation, ethical consideration in the use of these techniques to be highlighted.

 

EGC 805: Vocational Guidance                                                  (2C)

The course begins with an overview of basic objectives of vocational education and the role of theory in vocational psychology. An appraisal, synthesis and evaluation of the following vocational theories; Trait-factor, self-concept, personality, sociological and psychoanalytic theories of vocational development. The course ends with a relationship between vocational education and manpower needs.

              

EGC 806: Organisation and Administration of Guidance Services      (2C)

 Principles and techniques of setting up, running and evaluation of guidance programmes in various settings. A study of attendant practical problems             and possible solutions. The role of the administrative staff in guidance and the establishment of pupil personnel services.

 

GST 807: The Good Study Guide                                                       (2C)

 Getting started: how to use the book, why read about study skills, getting yourself organized, what is studying all about, reading and note taking:  introduction, reactions to reading, your reading strategy, memory, taking  notes, conclusion. Other ways of studying: Introduction, learning in groups, taking lectures, learning from T.V and Radio broadcasts, and other study media. Working with numbers: Getting to know numbers, describing the world, describing the tables, describing with diagrams and graphs, what is good writing? The importance of writing, what does an essay look like, what is a good essay, conclusion. How to write essays: Introduction, the craft of writing, the advantages of treating essay writing as a craft, making your essay flow, making a convincing case, the experience of writing. Preparing for examination.

 

EGC 809: Psychological Testing                       (2C)

A detailed consideration of psychological, educational testing and measurement. Special emphasis will be placed on kinds, uses and classifications of test validity and reliability, standardization and basic test construction principles including objective test items and finally test administration, scoring analysis and interpretation. Tutorial hours will be devoted to in-depth study of distinct psychological, education and counselling test according to student specialty.  The general nature and functions of testing; the type of and the use of aptitude tests. Strong  Vocational Interest Blank and  Kuder preferential Blanks considered in details, Achievement test,  intelligence and personality test and the special  problems in Personality testing.

 

EGC 810: Graduate Seminar     (1C)

 An oral presentation on a topic approved by the school/study centre.

 

EGC 811: Principles of Interpersonal Relationships                        (2C)

Coverage of the principles of interpersonal behaviour and techniques of understanding of self and others as a means of promoting smooth interpersonal relationships in the counselling environment. Implications of psychology of communication, conflicts and conflics resolution and   their application to the promotion of smooth interpersonal relationship   within counselling environment.

 

EGC 812: Behaviour Modification                                                              (2C)

 The concept of human behaviour. Personality and human behaviour. An    overview of different theoris or therapies of human behaviour.The concept of behaviourfication.Approaches of increasing, decreasing or teaching new behaviour: operant conditioning, social learning, modellsing, systematic desensitization, aversive training/conditioning, reinforcement, cognitive restructuring, extinction, etc.

 

EGC 813: Group Dynamics                                                           (2E)

 Group Theory and Process   Presents theories appropriate to various types of groups and descriptions of group practices, methods, dynamics, and facilitative   skills. Focuses on applying theory to practice. Includes lab.

         

EGC 814: Practicum and Directed Field Experience                      (6C)             Conduct of individual and group counselling sessions in approved setting like schools, prisons, hospitals/clinics, industries, etc under supervision. Audio tapes and other counseling materials are used. Case studies. Report of counselling is submitted by students for examination purposes.

 

EGC 815: Sex and Family Counselling                             (2E)

Common pre-marital and marital problems as they relate the immediate and projected needs of adolescents. An exploration of various approaches to family counselling.

 

  EGC 816: Research Project                                                            (6C)

 An independent research project on a topic approved by the School/Study Centre in an appropriate area of Guidance and Counselling Psychology.

 

EGC 817: Abnormal Psychology                                                        (2E)

 An introduction to the nature, causes, diagnosis, prevention and management of maladjustment and related behavioural disorders. The influence of culture on maladjustment and behavioural disorders will be examined in the light of western formulated theories.

 

 

EDU 821: Educational Statistics                                                             (3C)

 The nature of data/scientific observations, basic concepts in statistics, statistical notations/short hands, measurement scales, organization and   presentation of data, graphical representation of data, measurement of  central tendency, measurement of variability/dispersion,shapes of curves, measures of association and agreement, the standard scores. Review of fundamental of statistics and their application, basic concepts of statistical  models, distribution, and probability.

 

EDU 823: Educational Research Methods                                            (3C)

What is Research? Problem selection, shapping and refining, theories,   concepts, and hypothesis formation, components of setting the problem  and feasibility of a study, review of literature, quantitative and qualitative constructs and variables, action research, case study and observation  methodology, ethnography phenomenology grounded, historical research,  experimental and quasi-experimental research, expo-facto research and evaluation research, population and sample, sampling technique, designing questionnaires, interviews and observations, level of measurement validity   and reliability, research proposal, writing the grant proposal, data analysis,  inferential data analysis, data analysis, writing and research report.

 

9.0 Instructional Methods and Delivery

The mode of instruction is by distance mode through the delivery of course materials in print medium. Students are to study essentially on their own by creating their own convenient learning environment. Face-to-face facilitation or instruction at the designated study centres may be required and carried out where and when necessary.

 

 

10.  Quality Asurance

            The market survey embarked upon led to the development of the course 

               structure in an Outlined programme Proposal (OPP) which was approved by the                

               Senate. With this approval, the Detailed Programme Proposal (DPP) was

               prepared for the approval of the Senate.

 

Given the above, course material developers were sourced from outside in                    addition to our staff in the school of education, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) who are experts in the field to either develop from   the scratch or adapt materials sourced from some reputable universities across the            world.

 

 

11. Evaluation

Evaluation of each of the theory courses would consist of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA) and end of Semester Examination (ESE). The TMA constitutes 30% of the Total Credit Unit score.  The end of Semester Examination is 70%.

 

Language of Instruction

 All courses shall be taught in English language.

 

12.  Staff

            The National Open University of Nigeria has chosen to operate on small    school academic staff supported by instructional Facilitators situated at the various           Study Centres of the University to improve quality and facilitate students’            learning and subsequent graduation.

 

            To commence the programme, the School of Education has the following   academic staff who are experts in the field of Guidance and Counselling     

            and allied areas to coordinate and monitor the programme.

           

1.     Prof. Alphonso. I. Ikeotuonye – B. A. Ed (Geography), Ife, M. Ed. (Guidance & Counselling), A. B. U., Ph. D (Guidance & Counselling), Cardiff, U. K., FNAE.

 

  1. Ojo, Olugbenga David – B. Ed, M.A., Ph. D (Ife) Counselling Psychology. Associate Professor.

 

  1. Ajufo, Beatrice Ifeoma – N. C. E. (Hitory/CRS), FCOE, Katsina, B. A. Ed (History), BSU, Abraka, M. Ed (Guidance & Counselling), Ibadan, Ph. D (Counselling Psychology), Ibadan. Senior Lecturer.
  2. Ukwueze, Augustine Chinweuba – B. Sc. Ed. (Geography), Ife, M. Ed (Guidance & Counselling), Lagos, Ph. D (Guidance & Counselling), EBSU, Abakaliki. Senior Lecturer.
  3. R. O. Ogbodo-Abo – Ph. D  (Guidance & Counselling), Senior Lecturer.
  4. Aminu Kazeem Ibrahim – Ph. D (Senior Lecturer)
  5. Ofoha, Dorothy N. – B. Ed (English), PortHacourt, M. Ed (Educational Psychology), Lagos, Ph. D (Educational Psychology), Lagos. Lecturer II.
  6. Ihuoma, Chinwe P.- B. Ed Guidiance & Counselling (1989), U.I., M. Ed (1990), U.I., Ph. D Counselling Psychology U.I.(2000), (Senior Lecturer)
  7. Saidu Rosemary F.- NCE (English), (1991), B. Ed (English), (2000), unilorin, M. Ed (Guidance & Counselling), Unilag, Ph. D (Guidance & Counselling), Unilag. Lecturer 1.
  8. Aina J. S. -   Ph. D (Lecturer II)
  9. Aina K. – Ph. D (Lecturer II)
  10. Bamidele E. O. – (Lecturer II)
  11. Amede Lucky. - NCE (Agricultural science), 1997, B. Ed (Agricultural science), 1993, M. Ed (Guidance & Counselling), Abraka, Ph. D (Guidance & Counselling), 2011, Abraka. (Lecturer II).
  12. Abba Angela- Ph. D (Guidance & Counselling), (Lecturer II).

 

Other academic staff for the progamme includes:

  1. Prof. V. O. Adedipe – M. Ed, Ph.D (Counselling Psychology, Ibadan).
  2. Professor C. A. Okonkwo – B. Sc. Ed. (Physics), Calabar, M. Ed (Measurement and Evaluation), ABSU, Uturu, Ph. D (Measurement and Evaluation), ABSU, Uturu.
  3. Professor Rotimi Ogidan – Ph.D (Counselling Psychology), Ilorin.
  4. Professor Fidel O. Okopi – M. Ed (Counselling Psychology), Ph. D (Sports Psychology).
  5. Osuji U.S.A.- B.Ed. (Hons.) Elementary Education (UNICAL) 1989; M.Ed. Measurement & Evaluation (ABSU) 1993, Ph.D. Measurement & Evaluation (ABSU) 2000; PGDDE (IGNOU) 2006 and MADE Distance Education (IGNOU) 2007.

Other experts in the study centres will also be involved as they will be required to supervise students’ projects in their areas. It is also envisaged that as the programme progresses, additional academic staff would be recruited by the University

 

13. Learner Support Services

In order to attend to students’ problems, the University has the Directorate of Learner Support Services. At the study centres, students’ counselors as part and parcel of the directorate are always available to assist students and even staff in order to achieve their aims and live meaningfully.

 

 

 

14.  Recognition of the Programme.

The contents of the programme have been packaged in line with the National Universities Commission’s benchmark minimum academic standards for postgraduate studies in Guidance and Counselling in Nigerian Universities of November, 2011. 

 

15. Programme Starting Date

The starting date of the programme is subject to the approval of the Senate. It is however expected that the progrmme would start in March, 2013 in order to satisfy the yawning of numerous prospective students who have been thronging the School of Education and the Study Centres across the country to inquire about the commencement date of the programme. Besides, some course materials required for the programme are ready while the remaining are at various stages of completion.

 

16. Target Students

Guidance and Counselling Psychology is designed for candidates who seek to be self reliant, social workers, professional school counsellors, marriage counsellors and academics in tertiary institutions. By way of projection, the programme is expected to admit over 5,000 candidates per academic session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17. Student Enrolment and Projection

 

PROJECTED STUDENT ENROLMENT FOR THE FIRST TEN

YEARS

 

 

 

YEAR

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

 (IN LEVELS)

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

 

 

TOTAL

100

200

300

400

500

600

P/G DIP

Med G & C

PH.D

1st  yr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38

 

38

2nd  yr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51

 

51

3rd   yr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

67

 

67

4th   yr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100

 

100

5th   yr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

220

 

220

6th   yr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

300

 

300

7th   yr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

500

 

500

8th   yr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

550

 

550

9th   yr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

650

 

650

10th   yr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1000

 

1000

ULTIMATE ENROLMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1650

 

1650

 

 

 

18. Conclusion

Guidance and Counselling is a professional course designed to assist people in achieving their life goals. With emphasis on counselling and human development spearheaded by the Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON), approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria and being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC), there is high demand now for trained and qualified counsellors. To assist the nation in the quest for manpower development especially in counseling profession, the prayer here is that the distinguished members of the Senate and other stakeholders of this unique University should approve the programme for immediate commencement.       

 

             

Comments on the Detailed Programme Proposal by Assessor 

 

The programme is very relevant to the need of the society. The courses in the proposal are suitable, adequate and congruent to the philosophy of the programme. It is favourably recommended.